Celebrate the past year and get ready for 2019.Join supporters of Abundant Housing and Abundant Transit at the first Abundant Holiday Party.
At Devil's Elbow Alehouse, right next to Stadium Chinatown Station in Vancouver.Directions by transit: Venue is adjacent to Stadium-Chinatown Skytrain Station. Nearby lines include the 7, 17, 22, 50, 209, 214, 250, and 257.By bike: Several Mobi stations are on the same block as Devil's Elbow. There is limited bike parking on Beatty Street.By car share: Most car sharing services have reserved spaces at 688 Cambie Street or 655 Richards Street.
IMPORTANT: Please note the date change to Sunday, December 9th!Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 09:30 AMTransLink HQ in New Westminster, BC, Canada
The Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation is meeting to talk transit on December 13th. Be there to speak up and meet others organizing for abundance and freedom.
After the meeting, join us for a coffee and pastry to debrief and plan what's next.
What is the Translink Mayors' Council?
Representatives from each of the 21 municipalities served by TransLink, the Tsawwassen First Nation, and the UBC electoral area govern our regional transportation authority. The Mayors' Council appoints TransLink board members, approves long-term transportation strategies and investment plans, authorizes fare increases, and monitors user satisfaction in transit service.
What will happen at this meeting?
The agenda is not yet released. If you register to attend, we'll update you once it's available.
Based on the last meeting, representatives will be asked to vote on:
- A 2019 Work Plan and Budget
- A Federal Election Outreach and Engagement Strategy
You are encouraged to register to speak as an individual about your priorities for abundant transit. We can help!
What are Abundant Transit's goals?
- Empower people like us to participate in local decision-making.
- Advocate for high-quality public transit options.
- Promote freedom of mobility as a universal human right best served by abundant transit.
Several of our members will also be speaking about specific opportunities, investments, and plans that support of these goals. You should too! Complete this form to apply to speak, no later than 8 AM on Dec 11.
What happens next?
After the meeting at TransLink HQ, we invite Abundant Transit supporters to join us for a debrief at Take 5 Coffee. We'll share reflections, take a photo together, and commit to working together for abundant transit.
We'll decide together whether or not to attend the January 2019 and future meetings based on our experience that day.
What if I want to organize for abundant transit but don't live in the Translink service area?
That's great to hear! We're focussing on TransLink because that is where our most active volunteers are today. If you can help find abundant transit advocates elsewhere in BC we can help you make a difference. Fill out our new organizer form and email email@example.com with any questions.
We know that public transit works.
We know that transit gets us cleaner air, safer streets, and more freedom to move around. More transit means healthier people, more choice in jobs and housing, and stronger regions.
Transit does all this for us at a lower overall cost than other ways of getting around. It can be efficient, fast-to-deploy, and responsive to the risks and opportunities of our changing planet.
Since it works so well, let’s offer more transit for more people. Let's get more transit everywhere, fast.
Transit technologies are mature and the business case for fast deployment is strong. As a public utility, transit can bring freedom, security, and choice to us and our neighbours by taking us more places, more affordably, than we could otherwise. Transit makes living together easier and improves civic life.
Yes. Abundant transit is possible in British Columbia: fast and high-quality mobility options, owned by us, that get us around and between the places we all live. Thankfully, we live in a relatively strong democracy with a prosperous economy. Voters can change how our elected officials make decisions about using land, spending money, and regulating our transportation systems.
Making up for lost time
In the past, our governments failed to build enough transit. In the last century, new communities formed and established ones grew more populous, productive, and congested. Our leaders didn’t develop the urban transit systems needed to keep up. Nor did they expand or maintain inter-city and regional rail connections.
Today, we understand their mistake. Congestion, affordability, and climate change mean we can’t go slow anymore. We can learn from those mistakes and act boldly, urgently, today.
If we choose and do the work, British Columbians can have abundant transit.
Abundant transit means readily-available and affordable options that give a freedom of mobility that can never come from relying on your own private vehicle. It means doing what we say when it comes to implementing transit plans and making intelligent and responsible decisions about our region’s independence, security, and health.
People with abundant transit will have more choice about where to live, work, and enjoy life. Abundant transit means families can stay better connected and save money to see and care for one another. Having widespread and affordable alternatives means working people can avoid the risk and cost of a private vehicle.
Yet, communities in North America still rarely make the transit investments that the public wants, as quickly as they need.
The culprit for this delay, here and elsewhere, is electoral politics.
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